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Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ Silicone Strap Is 22mm ‘Quick Fit’, BUT Is Different To Others.

by Anura Guruge

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The Garmin MARQ Expedition comes standard with a $199 Italian Vacchetta leather strap. It is very nice. Too nice, in my opinion, for everyday use, especially if you, like I, are in the habit of taking showers with your Garmin still on your wrist.

Luckily, Garmin includes, for ‘FREE’, an extra black silicone rubber watch strap. It is, in theory, a 22mm Quick Fit like those for a Garmin Fenix 5.

But, the strap is very different; everything about it is different. It has a raised shoulder and a bigger clasp. There is no gap between it and the watch. I like it.

My problem — I can’t find ANY other bands like it, even in black.

I have 5 Fenix 5 bands in different colors. They fit on the MARQ. But, they look different to the black band.

So, just a heads up.

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I Like The V. Clean & Suave ‘Crystal’ Watch Face On My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’.

by Anura Guruge

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Garmin MARQ Expedition with Crystal Watch Face Anura Guruge

Click image to access ‘Crystal’ @ Garmin ‘Connect IQ’.

I prefer digital watch faces with a fair amount of data. For the last 7-months I had ‘ActiFace‘, permanently, on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.

I did download ‘ActiFace’ into my new (2-days old) MARQ Expedition when I happened to spot ‘Crystal’. It, in its default cool mint blue, looked cool. Also was not too busy. Stylish.

I downloaded it. It came up, no problems. Quickly customized it (as shown in top picture) via Garmin Connect. Kept it simple, just to the main fields I like. With all the widgets on the MARQ I really don’t need more than this on my watch face.

I tried some other colors. Nothing was as cool as this default blue. So, I am sticking with it. I like it. I think it looks good on the MARQ.

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Native American Tribe, In Wyoming, Get Back Their Ancient Hunting Rights Thanks To The Supreme Court.

by Anura Guruge

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This is not my beloved Navajo BUT I applaud and celebrate each victory, how ever small, when it comes to all Native Americans. I can relate with them and to them.

This one, involving the Supreme Court no less, is a good one. Has to be with a BASIC right, that of hunting for food. They now have the freedom to hunt they enjoyed before the European incursion. That is how it should be. I am glad.

Another one for the Indians. Good for them.

That 4 Supreme Court judges voted against this shows the sad divisions faced by this country. This should have been a no brainer, BUT then again there is at least one who voted ‘no’ who has proven that he has been brain dead for decades.

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I Got A ‘Garmin MARQ Expedition’ Today (Trading In My Fenix 5 Plus) & It Is Pretty Cool.

by Anura Guruge

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Garmin MARQ Expedition Anura Guruge May 2019

My Garmin MARQ Expedition on my wrist for the first time.

Saying Goodbye to my trusty Fenix 5 Plus. I will miss it!

The Twelve (12) Trackers I Have Had In The Last 2-Years

The Packing & Box

Yes, I know I am VERY fortunate (but I did a fair amount of writing to earn this). Basically, I did NOT have to pay for it. I traded in my 7-month old (and in IMMACULATE condition) Fenix 5 Plus and called upon ‘virtual $$$s‘ I had banked away for technical & writing services rendered over a 6-month period. Though I now rarely charge folks for my writing, I still get rewarded for it. This is the most visible example.

Impressive watch — but I am not sure whether I would have paid $1,750 for it! Given that I didn’t have to part with any money, at all, at all, it feels GREAT.

The Titanium body looks good and the Italian leather strap does look pretty good.

Now this is nowhere CLOSE to the most expensive watch I have owned. I wore a Rolex, with diamonds on its face, for 26-years. This watch is 1/4 the price of the Rolex.

Garmin has tried to make it upmarket. The box it comes in is HUGE and weights a ‘ton’. The dark gray plastic box (which feels metalish) is about the same size — and looks just like — a 6V lawn mower battery. Garmin is trying to compete with the packaging of high end watches and I am not sure whether they truly succeeded. 15-years ago, I sold my EMPTY Rolex box, since I had no use for it, on eBay for $98! Doubt whether I could get $22 for the empty MARQ box.

Though the straps are 22mm Quick-Fit the black plastic strap they include in the box has ‘larger’ (nicer) wrap-around ends over the Quick-Fit mechanism.

All the screens have been jazzed up and are much more appealing though it is still the same old TIRED display from the original Fenix 5. That is definitely a negative.

It has this ‘Body Battery’ feature, oxygen saturation and fall-detection. I haven’t worn it for long enough to determine if the ‘Body Battery’ or oxygen saturation is for I. For an old guy my oxygen saturation, at 96%+, is adequate.

So, this is my first cut review/impression.

I am GLAD I got it, the WAY I did.

I will keep you posted.

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Black Billionaire ‘Robert F. Smith’ Has To Be 2019’s ‘Man Of The Year’ For His ASTOUNDING Generosity To 430 Graduating ‘Kids’!

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Now that is what you call GENEROSITY.

He Made My Day. He brought tears to my eyes.

What a marvelous human being.

Click to ENLARGE and admire here. Link to original below.

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” story.

Click to ENLARGE and pay your respects.

You have to watch this to see the JOY
— especially among those on the stage.

The full 35-minute speech. Worth watching too.

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I will confess that prior to this story I had never heard of him and can’t claim that ‘Morehouse’ has ever registered in my mind.

But, as of today, he will be MY MAN. What a man. What generosity. Such a wonderful windfall for the graduates. Yes, some of them had $200,000 loans. I will admit that that is crazy. But, they don’t have to worry about that now.

Extraordinary man. Comes from good, educated lineage. Both parents had Ph.Ds. Impressive.

This is what GOOD NEWS is all about. Really made my day. Watching the videos (above) brought tears to my eyes.

This is what the U.S. is supposed to be.


This is what greatness is all about.

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Renewed Measures To Provide More Navajos, In ‘Navajo Nation’, With Grid-Based Electricity.

by Anura Guruge

Click image for ‘ABC News’ coverage.

Click to ENLARGE. The town talked about in this story. It is pretty remote.

More good news for the Navajos and they sure can do with as much as they can get.

On-demand, grid-based electricity is such a necessity. So much else depends on it — phone charging, Internet access, reliable refrigeration etc.

So, I was delighted to read about this. Must be so exciting. I hope it is affordable — because the Navajo are NOT rich. But, lovely people.

I hope this initiative dovetails with their new efforts to break into Solar Energy.

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My Friend & Neighbour, ‘Drew Tuttle’ Does Very Well In Today’s Boston Marathon — His 1st Time.

by Anura Guruge

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He came 1st in one of the Boston Qualifier races to secure his place.

This was special. I tried to catch him on TV — to no avail. But, I followed his impressive progress online. The 1:14 time for the ‘half’ got me real excited. That was brilliant. I was e-mailing his time to folks that understand this stuff.

Yes, his father ‘John Tuttle’, ran the Boston Marathon multiple times. But, having Drew run it seemed different. I have known him since he was a kid.

Saw him running last week and wished him luck. Was ‘talking’ to his Mum, via Facebook Messenger, multiple times this morning ahead of the race. She was so glad the rain had stopped/

So, a BIG day for Drew. I am hoping to get some pictures of him running.

Drew Tuttle

Drew Tuttle

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